Rwenzori Mountains Hiking Safari

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Rwenzori Mountains Hike Climbing

9 Day Rwenzori Mountains Hiking Safari

  • Price
  • Duration 9 Days 8 Nights
  • Dates Open
  • Safari TypeGuided, Private Safari
  • LocationUganda
  • Departure CityEntebbe
  • End CityEntebbe
  • Contact nameLydia
  • Contact phone+256 774 805580
  • Cancellation policyUp to 30 Days
  • AccommodationAs shown in itinerary
  • Group TypeTraveler’s choice
  • Restriction No Children Bellow 15 years
  • LanguagesEnglish

Safari Overview

The Rwenzori Mountain Hiking safari has been described by many of our travelers as an exhilarating African safari experience that deserves a great rating. Take fro example one who said: “Starlight beamed down on the convex glaciers surrounding our camp near Uganda’s western border, causing them to glow like resting lunar crescents.”

The Rwenzori Mountains, or the “Mountains of the Moon”, have a celebrated beauty. Shrouded almost perpetually in mist, they have a seducing, eerie quality that led to many wondrous tales about them through the ages.

Rwenzori is known primarily for its challenging hiking and climbing possibility with a unique among East African Mountains. Rwenzori is not Volcanic in Origin, but it rises directly from the Rift valley floor. Its range also supports a diversity of animals including mammals and about 177 bird species, with several being Albertine Rift Endemics. It’s the highest mountain range in Africa, with its Loftiest peaks, Margherita (5,109m) and Alexandra (5083m) on Mount Stanley, are exceeded in altitude elsewhere in Africa only by Kilimanjaro and Mt. Kenya.

Safari Highlights

  • Marvel at views from the summit of Margherita Peak (5109m)
  • Trek in the UNESCO World Heritage listed Rwenzori Mountains, a source of the River Nile
  • Discover remote alpine valleys and glacial landscapes
  • Experience pristine tropical rainforests
  • Trek through Giant Lobelia forests along the remote Kilembe Trail
  • Delight in the diverse flora of the region

Know before you go

  • You’ll be taking a country road trip of about 6 hours to Rwenzori Mountains NP and hiking high up Mt. Stanley (5109 metres).
  • The tour is limited to a maximum of 6 travelers per vehicle, and 30% deposit on confirmation.

Safari Includes

  • Local guide
  • Trekking Permit
  • Food and drinks
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers in 4×4
  • Private Safari
  • English guide
  • Gratuities & tips
  • All activities
  • Visa & travel insurance

General FAQs

  • You can reschedule this trip as a private tour to any date up to 12 months at no cost.
  • A 30% deposit of the total tour price will be required to secure a booking, the balance being due 45 days before the tour departure date.
  • Bookings not secured by the appropriate deposit will be released.
  • Cancellation between 90 and 45 days of tour departure will incur a 20% of tour price penalty charge. Confirmed bookings cancelled within 45 days of the tour departure date or no show will incur 100% of tour price penalty charge.
  • Availability of accommodation and activities is not guaranteed; reservations will be made after receiving confirmation of the final itinerary and the payment of the requested deposit. Should any of the quoted accommodations not be available, we reserve the right to substitute it with an alternative suitable option, which might affect the final quoted price.
  • All clients who participate in this tour must be adequately covered by medical insurance as well as travel insurance to protect them in case of unforeseen circumstances.

Rates specified for this tour are subject to change without notice, however, every effort will be made to maintain them. In the event of any change of Government taxes or operating conditions that affect the rates we reserve the right to pass on these charges.

(different and separate from the tour cancellation policy)

Gorilla and Chimpanzee Permits will be guaranteed ONLY upon receipt of the deposit (US$750 for both permits in Jan to Jun 2020 and US$900 in Jul-Dec 2020) since we need to immediately pay Uganda Wildlife Authority Offices in order to secure the permits.

Cancellations received on full payment:

  • More than 90 days before the tracking date, 25% cancellation fee
  • 89 to 46 days before the tracking date, 50% cancellation fee
  • 45 to 9 days before the tracking date, 75% cancellation fee
  • 8 to 0 days before the tracking date, 100% cancellation fee

Important: the minimum age required for gorilla tracking is 15 years whereas for the chimps the minimum age required is 12 years; in case of flu or of any other airborne disease the visitor will be not allowed to meet with the gorillas or the chimps.

Detailed Itinerary


Day 1: Entebbe – Rwenzori Mountain National Park

After breakfast and the briefing on the Rwenzori mountains hiking safari, we will take off to the Rwenzori Mountain National Park (also known as the Mountains of the Moon). The drive will take approx. 7 hours. We will have lunch in Fort Portal and then continue to Mihunga where we overnight.

The equatorial snow peaks include the third highest point in Africa; Margherita (5109 metres), Alexandria (5083 metres) and Albert (5087 metres)

Accommodation and meals:
Mihunga Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 2: Trek to Nyabitaba (2650 metres)

You will start your Rwenzori mountains hiking safari challenge with the trek to Nyakalengija trail head (1600 metres) where the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) will provide and informative briefing prior to commencing the trek. Our trek will take us past Bakonjo homesteads dwarfed by steep foothills and banana plantations. We will follow the trail along the Mubuku River to then cross the Mahoma River before steadily climbing through Podocarpus Forest.

Accommodation and meals:
Nyabitaba Hut (2650 metres)
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 3: Trek to John Matte Hut (3350 metres)

Third day of the Rwenzori mountains hiking safari will start off from Nyabitaba early after a substantive breakfast. We will follow a small trail dropping down through the forest to the Kurt Shafer Bridge, just below the convergence of the Bujuku and Mubuku Rivers. The forest gradually turns into a bamboo zone where the trail is slippery and moss covered. A zone of the giant heather, lobelia and groundsel vegetation emerges before the Nyamileju rock shelter before traversing a bog to the hut.

Accommodation and meals:
John Matte Hut (3350 metres)
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 4: Trek to Bujuku Hut (2900 metres)

Continue the Rwenzori mountains hiking safari on a trail that crashes down to cross the Bujuku River and enters Lower Bigo Bog, home of giant lobelias. We will cross the bog to the Upper Bog before continuing to Lake Bujuku where views of the highest mountain can be seen.

Accommodation and Meals:
Bujuku Hut (3900 metres)
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 5: Trek to Elena Hut

After Bujuku, we will climb the boggy trail up the slopes west of the lake, passing through the paranormal groundsel gully and then ascend to the Scott Elliott Pass (4372 metres). A metal ladder will take you oven an extremely steep section after which the trail branches; the right one leads up to Elena Hut and Mt. Stanley over a steep rocky trail, the left leads to the Scott Elliot Pass and down to Lake Kitandara.

Accommodation & meals:
Elena Hut (4541 metres)
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 6: Ascent to Mt. Stanley (5109 metres) to Kitandara Hut (4027 metres)

For Rwenzori mountains hiking safari travelers that do not wish to climb the peak, a more restful day walking from Elena Hut (4541 metres) to Lake Kitandara (4023 metres). For those who wish, but also depending on altitude sickness, visibility, climbing ability we will climb a further three hours to Margherita peak (5109 metres) and later down to Kitandara Hut. We will trek to the Elena glacier before moving on to the Stanley Plateau. We will climb and scramble to the Margherita summit, the highest point of the Rwenzori. The use of crampons and ropes may be necessary. We will need to be prepared for a tough, arduous time in the mountains. We will then return to the Scott Elliot pass, view the magical Bujuku Lake and Mt. Speke at a distance and will then continue down to Lake Kitandara.

Accommodation & meals:
Kitandara Hut
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 7: Trek to Guy Yeopman Hut (3260 metres)

After breakfast we will climb from the base of Mt. Baker to the south side of the mountain to the Fresh Field Pass (4280 metres). From there we can view the Congo to the west, Mt. Stanley to the north. From the pass, the boggy trail will continue downwards, passing the rock shelter at Bujangalo, the base camp for the historic expedition by the Duke of Abruzzi in 1906.

Accommodation & meals:
Guy Yeoman Hut (3262 metres)
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 8: Trek to Nyakalengija Trail Head (1600m ASL)

The trail to Nyabitaba Hut can be muddy and very slippery under foot.

Accommodation & meals:
Nyakalengija trail head
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 9: Transfer back to Entebbe

Your Rwenzori mountains hiking safari driver will meet you at your stay, check you out and transfer you back to Entebbe in time to catch your flight back to Entebbe.

Accommodation & meals:
No Accommodation
Breakfast, Lunch